Ray McCune, the Associate Editor of The Waynedale News, foreground.
Ray McCune, the Associate Editor of The Waynedale News, foreground.
Songbirds at Fox Island

On Saturday, May 18th you can choose to hike either at 6:30am or at 8am. Either way, meet at Fox Island, 7324 Yohne Road, in the parking lot next to the Nature Center. The songbirds should be at the peak of migration with many varieties to be seen. Bring water-resistant footwear and your binoculars. Leaders will be Jim Haw, Ed Powers, and Sandy Schacht. For more information call Jim Haw at 485-7802 or jhawillet@aol.com.


Local bands, climbing walls, X-game skateboarders, edible insects, wildflower hikes, clowns, kids craft tent, and much more will be going on at Fox Island on May 4 & 5. There is so much to do and see you won’t know what to do. Do you check out the kids fishing derby or watch the live raptor program or test drive a Root’s kayak on the lake? These are the tough questions you will have to ask yourself when you attend Fox Island Sol Fest.

The Fox Island Sol Fest will be held at Fox Island, 7324 Yohne Road, on May 4th and 5th. Two years ago the festival was started as an anniversary celebration. They were celebrating 25 years of environmental education. Fox Island is Fort Wayne’s best kept secret. They teach about 8,000 students a year about nature, and that is just the community school groups they do programs for. They also provide recreational and educational opportunities for private and public groups. Last year was their second year, and 2000 people attended. This year they hope it will be bigger and better.

The admission will be $4 and the proceeds will be split between scholarships for unprivileged groups & individuals to attend programs put on at the park and for expenses for the festival for the following year, 2003. The park tries to provide programming for all of Allen County Citizens. This festival is going to allow them to do more for those groups that cannot pay. This past year they provided several scholarships for youth who could not afford to come to the park. They have also provided many programs for community centers, homeless children, inner-city youth programs, and many other groups. Sol Fest funded all of these programs last year.

This year’s bands include: Mike Conley, Shelly Dixon Band, Melissa Perkins Band, and Rosemary Gates & Wailhounds on May 4 and Homeless J, Humanity, Might As Well, and Matt Sturm on May 5. Other Good Stuff includes: Ultrazone Climbing Wall, Mad Anthony Beer Tent, Kids Craft Tent, Hayrides, Food Vendors, Raptor Show w/Soarin’ Hawk, Face painting, Wild Flower Hikes, and Clowns on both days. There will be a Children’s Fishing Derby and Edible Insects on Saturday with Kayak Demos W/Roots, Skateboard Demo W/Ride-N-Grind Stunt Team W/X-Game Athletes on Sunday.


The next 4-H Shooting Sports discipline to be offered will be Air Rifle, which will begin September 4, 2002. It will be held at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Call the office to receive information when it becomes available. Space will be limited. Phone the Purdue University Cooperative Extension, 4001 Crescent Avenue at 260-481-6826.


This special event is planned to provide a natural healthy and stimulating outdoor experience for Fort Wayne residents. We want to continue to foster wholesome relationships between children, adults, and families. Many Fort Wayne residents have fond memories of fishing at the Reservoir pond. We want to restore the pond (an overlooked natural resource) in such a way that with proper fish and water quality management it could be capable of providing a safe and enjoyable fisher within walking distance for many families and children. The derby will be held May 31, 2002 to June 2, 2002. We’re asking for donations to be used to stock the pond with fish for this event and to purchase prizes for the participants. Thank you for your support. This year’s derby is being sponsored by the FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY FISHING CLUB, 3511 South Lafayette Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46806 260-456-1616.

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